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Beautiful Moth - Euclidia ardita

Beautiful Moth - Euclidia ardita
UC Big Creek Reserve, Big Sur, Monterey County, California, USA
June 3, 2011
Any ideas what this might be? I'd be happy to start with family.

Flushed out at mid-morning in a grassy area amidst surrounding chaparral on a ridge high above the ocean.

Thank you both, Josiah & Charley

Moved from Euclidia.

Moved from Moths.

I *meant* to move this...but apparently forgot! Thanks for following through, Graham :-)

Another gem!
I like 8732 – Euclidia ardita for this one but it is very similar looking to Euclidia cuspidea. Although the ranges may overlap (not sure) Powell and Opler (1) describe E. ardita as coastal species in Oregon and California. I'll update the species pages and I'm sure someone more familiar with these will chime in soon.

Thanks Randy
Yep, it's definitely Euclidia. I recall the genus was mentioned in the field...and I joked that a genus with a name like that ought to be in Geometridae rather than Noctuidae :-)

The species E. ardita and E. cuspidea do indeed look very similar! Perhaps, in dorsal view, E. cuspidea is a bit longer, narrower, and apically more rounded in outline? The one in my photo looks a bit more "squat" and apically truncate. At any rate, I'll bet that the coastal CA locale will lead to E. ardita, as you suggest.

I'll move it to genus page for now.

Euclidia ardita
Euclidia cuspidea has not been found in CA or any of its neighbor states, so I'm thinking it's probably safe to say this is E. ardita?